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My #1 Pro Tip when Shopping Secondhand! Learn How I Scored My Favorite Wardrobe Pieces

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Shopping at the thrift store can be overwhelming and it’s hard to decide where to start first. With so many options for clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, home décor it’s hard to know where to begin looking!

As a seasoned thrifter, I can still relate to this feeling new or casual thrifters may experience. I tend to get overwhelmed when I am shopping at a new store and not sure of how the layout works and what the culture of the shoppers is like.

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Whatever the case may be, I have stuck with one sold tried and true tip when it comes to thrift shopping. and that is to make sure you shop the entire store! Now, if time is not on your side or you’re tired, hungry, or just not feeling it that day- then this tip may be a hard one to follow through. But, if you can counter those feelings by preparing ahead of time, shopping all corners of the store, while sometimes tedious, have delivered amazing results during many trips without fail!

How does shopping the entire store work for you? You might be skeptical as to why this is my favorite tip but, you might be surprised to know that about 50% of my favorite finds were discovered in sections where I least expected them. I typically wear a size M-L top, size 8 dress, and size 30 jeans. But, one of my recent finds, a organic cotton J. Jill button up floral top (pictured) was found in a size I would never typically to shop from.

This top is actually a size 1X. Yes! But, looking at how I styled it, you probably would never have thought of that right? And furthermore, you would never expect me to find something in that size that looks good on someone with my physique. With that said, you might wonder how many items YOU have passed up simply because you limited yourself to specific sections of the store.

What you need to understand is that the fun found from thrifting comes not only with shopping discounted prices but, also finding hidden gems in all corners of the store. I’ve found my favorite pair of Chuck Taylors in the men’s section and some unique tee shirts in the boy’s section simply because I looked for them and stretched the boarders of my imagination on how to incorporate them into  my wardrobe.

The next time you are out shopping try wandering over to the men’s section and browsing for a bit. My recommendations are to shop outerwear (jackets), sweaters, tees and shoes first. They are usually easier to style and are for the most part, unisex!

Good Luck,

Danielle

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Capsule Wardrobes: A Look inside my Capsule Closet for the Upcoming Winter Season!

In a previous post, I explained the benefits of 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge and the differences of creating a Capsule Closet.

Since then, I decided to tackle my own closet and created a capsule closet for the Winter 2018 season and I have been head over heels with for the last 3 weeks! My closet is filled with neutral colors, textures and patterns that provide me the ability to coordinate different outfits as well as keeping me warm through seasonal transitions, but more importantly, I am really beginning to settle into my own sense of style that is uniquely mine which is a mix of comfortable casual with a touch of sass.

I am always excited when fall comes around for multiple reasons but, my favorite always remains the fact that fashion always takes center stage in débuting its new trends to try.

However, this year was a little different. I challenged myself to only purchase trends that I absolutely knew I wanted to participate in over the next 3 months & evaluate if I really needed to purchase them. If the answer was yes to one or both of the previous questions, I would promise to shop secondhand FIRST to score those items. I am happy to report that I was able to salvage what could be found in my current wardrobe that had been put in storage last year to contribute to my capsule closet. Other items (about 50%) were thrifted from some of my favorite local thrift stores.

Below I will break down the different categories of apparel I am rotating currently within my closet- Enjoy!

 

*Comment down below what items you have in your wardrobe for this winter season?

xo

Danielle


Outerwear:

If someone were to ask me what is my favorite item of clothing, it would be outerwear. It is the last item of clothing to be put on but, it holds so much value since more than likely it is tailored to go with the rest of your outfit to “fit the occasion”. And I like to think of it as another layer to add to the bomb outfit that will come off in a quick reveling like motion.

Ellen Tracy Tweed Wool Blend Coat: This beauty was thrifted over the summer at a thrift store in D.C.! Wearing it has been everything that dreams are made off & strangers who have complimented me seem to think the same!

Lady GaGa Born This Way Faux Leather Jacket:  Although this jacket was purchased at a vintage shop in Adams Morgan, D.C. the shop owner said she loved the trendy gold lettering and the unique design of the unicorn & message of positivity. I have to say,  I 100% agree and I love pairing it with casual outfits on the weekends.

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Pants

GAP High Rise Denim Jeans: Black, skinny leg, high rise. What more is there to say? These pair of pants go with everything in my closet.

Madewell High Rise Sailor Pants: While I’m not the biggest fan of blue jeans, I find that these are more than blue jeans because of their unique double square pocket on the front side that sit perfectly on the high rise waist; they also have a wonderful stretch all around. I found these while thrifting in NYC for just $11.

Ann Taylor Ankle Ponte Pants: I scored these pants in three amazing neutral colors (grey, navy, olive) at Goodwill! They were new with tags and only $13 each! I wear these every week to the office to fit the business casual dress attire.


Sweaters

Caslon Fisherman’s Turtleneck Sweater I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I lived in turtlenecks. Mostly because my mom did her best to keep us from getting sick during the brutal NY winters, but little did she know I actually enjoyed the secure feelings it gave me. I found this rich grey turtle neck sweater for just $4. I love the embellished knitting along the sleeves and the dense cotton fabric that pairs perfectly with any pant.

Banana Republic Cropped Knitted Sweater: That title almost sounds like an oxymoron right? But this sweater I found from J. Crew pulls its weight and provides the perfect amount of warmth! The thick cotton fabric, vented hem on the back and the bright red color all work in tandem to make me appear that I spent way more time on planning the outfit than I actually did- that’s a win, win for me!


Tops / Blouses

Ann Taylor Striped Top: When I was thinking of staple pieces, this style and pattern came up the most in my search results. I found this in new condition for only $2! The 3/4 sleeves provide warmth without sacrificing comfort (I don’t like long sleeve tops) and the horizontal stripes are complimentarily to tall frame! I like this style so much, I also found the same shirt, but in short sleeve!

Denim Chambray Button Up: Everyone has a denim Chambray top right? But I wanted one that had more personality than most. I saw this top and knew it was the one. What I love most is the deep V neck line that compliments bottom hem! It reminded me of a tuxedo jacket and without much more thought, I added it to my closet!

Green Camo Tee Shirt: A tee shirt may not seem like the most seasonal appropriate item to add to your closet during cooler months, but think of it as an opportunity to use as a laying piece! I found this top on sale at Macy’s for just under $7. I love wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands or just kickin’ it around the house.



Shoes

Caslon Leather Ankle Boots: Originally when I saw these boots I wanted to sell them. Being that they are a size 11, black, and fall appropriate. They would be hard to come by for the average big foot girl (speaking from experience) However, I looked at my existing closet and noticed that my current boots were a bit beaten up, so much so I took a second look at these and told myself “I’ll only wear them once, what’s the harm in that?”. Well- as any re-seller would know, don’t wear your merchandise cause it will never get sold. And that’s exactly what happened. Now these shoes are now-forever mine lol.  I found these at the thrifts for $10.

Nine West Laser Cut Loafers: Similar to the Caslon boots, these were also originally intended to sell (I have a problem haha) but after listing and relisting these Nine West shoes twice I decided that they could join my shoe gang. I primarily wear these to work since they are appropriate for any look and add a spin to the usual loafer look with the exposed laser cut on the sides. I’m a fan of subtitle details and low prices like $12 that I found these for!

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Reduce, Reuse, Relovv: The New App that Matches Sustainable Customers to Buyers Like Tinder!

If you are a conscious shopper and want to continue to lend a hand to evolve a world free from fast fashion waste, the easiest way to get a head start is by shopping second hand! Now, if thrift stores aren’t your thing, than start by shopping right from your phone. You may have heard of apps like Poshmark, Mecari, and Vinted that are developing in this market, but there is a new app on the horizon that are matching buyers with like minded sellers!

Currently, the app is in beta form which gives YOU the opportunity to test it out and provide valuable feedback as a new user directly to its developers.

 

Relovv makes buying and selling from your closet in 3 easy steps:

 

SHOP

Shop items matched to your personal style, size, and budget. Score deals on Free People, Nike, the best vintage, and more.

SELL

Sell items for free – no commission. We match you with the right buyers, like a dating app, so you make more money!

RELOVV

Don’t  break up with your closet – sell other people’s items by clicking “relovv.” Earn money and points when relovved items sell!

Curious to try it out for yourself? Use my reference link in the app relovv.com/app/threadlift when signing up and browse some of the cute items I’ve started to upload! You may also find my profile name by searching @threadlift.

 

Happy buying & selling!

 

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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Fall is just around the corner, and if you’re like me you just CAN’ T wait! Bundle two of your favorite fall essentials that have a price of $25 or less and I’ll send you an offer for $25 for both! Shop fall essentials here

Its simple, follow these instructions:

1. Find two items you LOVE and bundle them together

2. DO NOT send me an offer after bundling. (If you do, I won’t be able to submit YOU the $25 offer, boo!)

3. Eagerly await your offer for $25

4. After you receive the offer hit accept

5. Receive your order & enjoy!

Link to Shop: https://poshmark.com/closet/threadlift

Excited for Fall? Shop This Closet for an Amazing BOGO Discount on Fall Essentials

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How I Flawlessly Crushed My First Brand Collaboration with Savers Super Thrift Store! (Checking Off My NYE Resolution!)

One of the many New Year’s Resolutions I created for myself (none involving the gym) centered around the idea that I would muster the courage to conduct my first brand event with the community. Sounds simple, right? For a while I teetered on the idea of participating as a booth vendor with a larger organizer (which I did) in an effort to connect who I am, my message, and my passion for thrifting. And while that experience was a success, I wanted hold something independent that really showcased my passions and produce something that was mine.

So, I reached out to several thrift stores, many of which are large corporations with established household names that many people would recognize. After narrowing down my list of who I wanted to work with, I drafted several emails, and carefully outlined my intentions with a proposal to schedule a time to hold an in-person meeting.

I appropriately titled my event, Thrift & Brunch with Thread Lift, creating my call to action to provide brunch fare options (fruits & veggies, coffee & tea) provide facts about Savers and the art of thrifting, and educate customers along their shopping journey for any questions they have.

Of the handful of store managers I reached out to, only one store responded. Yep-one, but thankfully, one is all you need to get your foot in the door, and this store happened to be the store I wanted to collaborate with the most; The store manager of Savers Thrift was intrigued to hear how my ideas would increase traffic to the store and spread the Savers mission throughout the surrounding community.

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With their approval- I got to work! I’m talking, creating an Eventbrite promotion page, sending individual email invitations, creating and distributing marketing materials, and building a social media following leading up to the event- GIRL… it was tough.

Wait, did I mention, I’m holding down a full-time job in the midst of all this? Oh yea, this was done during my “free time“. This was my first self-made event I was leading and organizing entirely on my own; and I felt every moment of it.

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Leading up to the event, orders for tickets rolled in, and somehow the event sold out! (I’m still surprised). The evening before my event had consisted of “what if” scenarios running through my mind, but I braced myself for whatever to come.

But just as fate, the universe, and the sphinx on the hill would have it, a couple of volunteers who were set to assist me, cancelled day of the event (via text message). While that realization stung to read (it was the first thing I saw when I woke up) I knew that I had prepared for this, and realized that you can only truly depend on YOU. The voices of my late grandmother rang in my ear, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. With that in mind, I was ready for anything…BRING IT ON!

 

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Nothing but smiles were to be had throughout the event! The Savers staff were attentive and generous people who assisted me and the attendees with all of our needs. The event brought in a significant amount of new traffic as I delivered new insights to the idea of secondhand shopping with local thrift stores in an effort to live on a budget and to improve the condition of our planet, together.

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I followed up with the manager a few days after the event to provide feedback. It was reported that two guests who attended the event joined the Savers rewards programs and spent a combined of $300 during their trip! In addition, I was offered to collaborate in a future event with the store in just a few months- and I honestly cannot wait to do it all over again!

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Outfit details:
Vest: Thrifted $5
Tank: Thrifted J.Crew $2
Denim: Thrifted LOFT $5

Learn how you to make your next trip to the thrift store a success with my favorite tips! Thrift tips to keep in your back pocket
What to check out more photos from the event? Stalk me at my IG @thread.lift

 

 

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Can You Really Shop Sustainably? What Fabrics to Look For While Shopping for Your Wardrobe (The Answer Might Surprise You)

Have you ever wondered what happens to your clothing after it is donated? Have you wondered where they go after they have been cycled through your local thrift store? What happens if they weren’t repurchased- Is there a purgatory for used apparel after it is given away? (Um, no)…Unfortunately, the reality is that your clothing sits and clogs landfills. And while most of us are already donating to secondhand locations, a good portion of clothing is still ending up in landfills around the world leaving a toxic footprint in our environment and contributing to sources of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In addition, while textiles are a smaller portion of our landfill waste at 5.2 percent or 13.1 million tons, most of this waste is not recovered for recycling like other Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). It’s among the lowest on the recycling rung, right near food waste and wood.

So how can you (we) assist in eliminating textile waste that doesn’t break the bank? The easiest way can be as simply beginning to shop smarter by choosing  sustainable fabrics that reduce the environmental impact. Again, many of us are doing our fair share of recycling our textiles to charity donations. Other ways include shopping secondhand and reselling items online from your wardrobe. But what else can we do? The best way to eliminate your footprint is to first choose fabrics that are sustainable, or organic fabrics that will naturally decompose in a bio-friendly way! This is the easiest leap you can make RIGHT NOW in committing to a sustainable lifestyle and eliminate fast fashion waste.

Just think about it- comparing the amount of materials recycled to the overall impact on the environment, it becomes clear that clothing and textiles are not a priority as other recyclable goods like aluminum, plastic, glass, and paper. When you think of recycling clothing, we tend to think of donating or reusing them. Understanding the textile life-cycle is something we all should be conscious of in order to help us make better future purchases.

Take a look at a list of fabrics recommended by The Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment  that will help you identify what fabrics to pick up the next time you are shopping.

  1. Organic Cotton: Cotton is proabably the most reconizable fabric on the planet and many of us probably already own many pieces that contain it. Unfortunately, cotton has a high environmental impact. Choose clothing made from organic cotton or fair-trade cotton. You should always check the percentage of cotton in your fabrics (many times they are blended with other fabrics) by checking the care tag. These tags can be found in the inside lining of your clothing that break down exactly what your textiles are made of.
  2. Linen: Linen tends to be an exclusive fabric and can be found in clothing or bedding. It is known most commonly by providing converage to the skin while keeping you cool in the heat. All the more reason to choose this fabric during the warmer seasons. Linen is made from flaxseeds grown in Europe & China and may be bleached to add color (depending on the garment) but is traditionally white in color.
  3. Silk: This option is not best for vegans since it is the product of the casing from the silk worm. The process has a very low enviromental impact when extracted traditionally through Chinnese methods. While silk is also an exclusive fabric, it can be found at many retailers you may already shop with.
  4. Hemp: Hemp fabric is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant and is as a fabric that can provide all the warmth and softness of a natural textile with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. It’s versitilitly allows for it to be spun into clothing, shoes, and be used in creating furniture!

 

From this list what are you most excited to add to your wardrobe? Are there other fabrics that you would reccomend to assist in leading a sustainable lifestyle?

Comment below!

 

Need help on where to start shopping first? Check out my Poshmark Closet!

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Tips to Keep In Your Back Pocket To Make Sure Your Next Thrift Adventure is a Success!

I thought I would share some of my favorite thrifting tips to you the next time you are out hunting! Enjoy!

5 Savvy Tips to Keep in Your Back Pocket for a Day Thrifting:

  • Research the trends: Typically, I always have an idea of what I am looking for when I walk into the store. To prepare, do your own research and gather inspiration from latest fashion blogs, magazines, or browse Pinterest for the latest trends!
  • Make a list: If you’re like me, your mental calendar is a little unreliable sometimes, so write your ideas down! Get a strategy of items that are must haves to pick up during your trip- you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to decide at the register when it’s finally time to check out!
  • Keep it simple!: I cannot stress this enough- Trust me, dressing for success while shopping includes wearing a loose fitting top, flat shoes, and bottoms you can easily get in and out off will keep you comfortable while browsing the isles & in the fitting rooms.
  • Patience, is a virtue: Sometimes the perfect find takes time, so thrift often! Best times to shop are post-holiday and spring cleaning for incredible inventory options!
  • HAVE FUN! Always remember to have fun with your style and during thrifting. Don’t be afraid to take those risks without going broke during your trip!

BONUS Tip:

  • I love to start in the same section every thrift trip. Mine happens to be shoes or dress. I normally have the most energy when I begin shopping which is perfect since these sections can get pretty crowded!

 

What are some tips that you keep in mind while shopping? Leave a comment below 🙂

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